Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hoisin Chicken with Cucumber Salad

I finally used the grill almost by myself last night. Doug had to go help someone move about 15 minutes after he got home so he had me turn the grill on before he got home. I have seen him do it, but I am one of those people who has to do it myself to remember. This expands my food repertoire so much now!

Weston loved this meal and is a hard person to get to eat meat, but he just kept saying "mmm, mnmm, I like it!" I took the skin off my pieces of chicken & you really could not tell the difference. So if you want to save a few calories and clogging arteries and cut the skin off, go for it!



For the Chicken:

  • 3/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and halved (remove seeds for less heat)
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes, plus lime wedges for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks (separate pieces)

For the Salad:

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced


Prepare the chicken: Preheat a grill to medium on one side. Combine the hoisin sauce, scallions, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, lime zest and juice, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste in a mini food processor or blender; process until almost smooth. Season the chicken with salt; toss with the hoisin mixture in a large bowl.

Make the salad: Bring the vinegar, sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring. Remove from the heat; stir in 1/4 cup ice cubes until melted. Toss the cucumber and red onion in a serving bowl with the vinegar mixture; place in the refrigerator.

Grill the chicken over direct heat until the skin is crisp, 5 minutes per side, basting with extra marinade. Transfer to the cooler side of the grill; cover and grill until cooked through, 10 to 15 more minutes. Serve with the cucumber salad and lime wedges.

Per serving: Calories 375; Fat 16 g (Saturated 4 g); Cholesterol 107 mg; Sodium 1,906 mg; Carbohydrate 30 g; Fiber 1 g; Protein 32 g

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